S.C. Gov. Delivers Fiery Rant Against Unions

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South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley is joining a growing chorus of conservatives who recognize the corruption and waste associated with far too many labor unions. As a result, she is declaring her state essentially off-limits for companies employed by union members.

In a recent interview with the Greenville News, she explained why she opposes unionized factories – such as the major American automakers – setting up shop in the Palmetto State.

“It’s not something we want to see happen,” she said. “We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”

Haley has consistently expressed her opinion that unions benefit neither employers nor employees. Instead, union bosses typically get rich by acting as the middleman between the two groups. Her first year in the governor’s mansion was marked by a legal complaint by the National Labor Relations Board regarding the construction of a Boeing factory in North Charleston.

While the manufacturer was perfectly within its rights to move to South Carolina – a right-to-work state – following a union strike in another state, the NLRB initially fought against the relocation. Though that complaint was ultimately dropped, Haley said there will be more union assaults headed for the state.

“They’re coming into South Carolina,” she said. “They’re trying; we’re hearing it. The good news is it’s not working.”

At some point, she explained, unless like-minded South Carolinians remain vigilant, union pressure will prove to be too great to resist.

“You’ve heard me say many times I wear heels,” she continued. “It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because we’re kicking them every day, and we’ll continue to kick them.”

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance President Lewis Gossett is firmly on board with Haley’s mission.

“Organized labor has no place down here,” he concluded. “We don’t need them … to replicate what they’ve done in the Midwest and the Northeast. The governor gets that; and she’s taken some very strong stands about it – and we love it.”

Labor unions have been blamed for much of the economic destruction in a number of cities, most notably Detroit. Once a bustling metropolitan area, greed-driven unions paved the way for a collapse that has left the city a shell of its former self.

Haley – and plenty of others in her state and beyond – do not want to see any more American communities decimated by such unsustainable demands.

–B. Christopher Agee

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